Thursday, July 9, 2020

"Back the Blue" Campaign Shows Support for Schuylkill County Law Enforcement

A campaign in Schuylkill County has allowed the community to show support for Schuylkill County's Law Enforcement.

On June 23rd, 2020, Bri Cuttic of Frackville launched an online campaign on Facebook to raise money to create gift baskets for the 37 Schuylkill County Police Stations, 2 State Police Barraks, Sheriff's Office, and 911 Center.

"We needed to show these police officers, troopers, sheriffs, and dispatchers how much we appreciate them and what they do." said Cuttic.

"If you ever contacted the 911 center and the police responded and helped you, this was our way to give back".

After creating the "Skooks Back the Blue" group on Facebook, Cuttic's following grew within 2 weeks to over 2,000, all looking to help.

With the help of Lisa's Floral Expressions in Pottsville, a drop-off site was setup and the donations began pouring in.

Many companies stepped forward providing snacks and gift certificates to add to the gift baskets.

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Cuttic and other volunteers began delivering packages to each of the police departments.

"It's really appreciated and its nice to know that law enforcement has the support of Schuylkill County." said Brandon Alexander, Chief of Police of Mahanoy Township.

"It is greatly appreciated by all the officers of the Frackville Police Department.  It is a difficult time to be in law enforcement.  It is good to know that people still support their local police." said Frackville Borough Police Chief Rick Bell.

"I can't thank everyone involved enough for their support.  I think it's amazing what they are doing." said Ashland Chief of Police Ger Daley.

Cuttic wanted to give special thanks to Lisa McMullin ( Owner of Lisa’s floral expressions on Centre St. in Pottsville) for donating her space and supplies and time for packaging the care packages and making the custom blue and black bows.

As well as Stephanie Penn, Kay Sitler, Sherry Lee, Cheryl DeAngelo, Chase Carroll, Mark Cuttic, Jennifer Chatcho, Andy Bassininsky, and for everyone else for all the behind the scenes help and to everyone who has delivered packages or has offered to deliver packages and to everyone who has made this possible by dropping off items or monetary donations.

Story by J. Reed / Photos by Skook News are watermarked, others are submitted.

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